Having your own cozy cabin getaway in the city may seem near impossible, but that’s exactly what architect Nicholas Hunt achieved in his Brooklyn backyard. Hunt, who runs Hunt Architecture with his brother, Andrew, designed and built his tiny Backyard Garden Studio for a very reasonable cost of just under $1,200. Located in the garden of a Boerum Hill townhouse just a few blocks from downtown Brooklyn’s Barclays Center arena, the 55-square-foot retreat offers a peaceful escape from the city and frames beautiful views of the sky and lush vegetation.
The Backyard Garden Studio was completed as a hobby project for Hunt, who told Dwell he spent a total of about seven days over four months to build the structure. The 5-foot-by-11-foot studio is mostly constructed from salvaged materials, from the cedar cladding reused from another job to the white fence pickets that line the interior (sourced from his parents’ Massachusetts property).
The minimally furnished one-room studio is painted in all white to make it feel much more spacious than its small footprint would suggest. Natural light and ventilation pour in through multiple openings, from the glazed door to the wood-slatted windows to the skylight, all of which are fitted with Plexiglas. The strategic placement of windows preserves privacy while framing views of greenery and the sky. The west portion of the slanted roof is topped with turf, and the untreated cedar planks will develop a beautiful patina over time further blending the structure in with its natural surroundings.
“The project is an escape from the city, both the act of building and the time spent inhabiting,” wrote Hunt. “The garden studio provides a peaceful, seemingly detached oasis within the immense landscape of New York City, a perfect spot for enjoying a book or an afternoon nap. There is something special about being in a space in New York that makes you feel elsewhere.”
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